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East Norriton KinderCare

Christin Cicippio-Smith, Center Director

451 E Germantown Pike East Norriton PA 19401
(610) 275-1832 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 10 YEAR-OLDS
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Neighborhood:
Plymouth Meeting/East Norriton

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Cole Manor Elementary School, East Norriton Middle School (5th Grade Only)

Norristown Area School District buses will pick-up and drop-off all students attending Cole Manor Elementary and 5th Grade Students attending East Norriton Middle School.

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Welcome

Welcome to the East Norrition KinderCare! We opened our doors in February 2006 and have been growing ever since. We have 10 classrooms and a large multi-purpose gym space. Our dedicated and passionate teachers have many years in the early childhood field and truly love what they do. We look forward to meeting with you to meet your child's individual needs.

Christin Cicippio-Smith, Center Director

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Accreditation

Many of our child care centers are accredited by national organizations that require us to meet rigorous early childhood education standards and guidelines for high-quality care and education. Programs that are accredited have demonstrated their commitment to go beyond the state’s minimum licensing requirements to meet and maintain these high standards of quality.

Our Programs

Infant Programs (6 weeks - 1 year)

Babies grow and learn every day. Our goal is to provide a safe and nurturing "home away from home" where babies can explore and make new discoveries. We know that learning through play is extremely valuable at this age and our Early Foundations® Infant program is designed to give babies the skills that will serve as the building blocks for a lifetime of learning.

Toddler Programs (1 – 2 Years)

As toddlers develop friendships, self-esteem, and curiosity, our Early Foundations® Toddler program will help them explore their world in a safe and nurturing environment. Our unique curriculum is based on the philosophy that children learn best through experiences. So each day is filled with fun activities that excite and develop toddlers, giving them the comfort and confidence to speak those first few important words, as well as make their first friends.

Discovery Preschool Programs (2 – 3 Years)

At this age, children are making new discoveries daily. And as two-year olds begin to exert their independence, our Early Foundations® Discovery Preschool program is prepared to open their eyes to a world of learning, sharing, and exploring. Our holistic approach in the classroom engages young minds with a blend of music, art, and movement, as well as the early education fundamentals they'll need as they continue on to preschool.

Preschool Programs (3 – 4 Years)

As preschoolers gain more self-esteem, they may feel ready to take on the world. Our Early Foundations® Preschool program enhances that confidence by providing activities to help children become problem solvers and lifelong learners. Through independent exploration, structured activities, and hands-on learning, children will work on early literacy, math, science, and social studies concepts. A healthy dose of running, jumping, and dancing keeps them active too.

Prekindergarten Programs (4 – 5 Years)

Prekindergartners are preparing for the adventure of a lifetime – school. And our Early Foundations Prekindergarten® program is designed to get them ready by teaching letters and words, math concepts, and valuable social skills. With small group instruction, independent play in an organized atmosphere, and whole-group activities, children will have all the right skills to hop, skip, and jump right into kindergarten.

Before- & After-School Programs (5 – 12 Years)

Even after school's out for the day, children need to be engaged in a comfortable, yet stimulating environment. That's where our Catch the Wave® program comes in. This innovative before – and after-school program allows school-age children to balance learning and fun through a variety of experiences. From homework help to fun physical activities, our program is designed so that everyone goes home happy.

Interactive Kindergarten (5 - 6 Years)

A full-day interactive Kindergarten program that utilizes new curriculum with an interactive smart board making first grade readiness a priority.

Summer Programs (preschool, prekindergarten, and school-age)

Don’t miss out on KinderCare’s Summer of Wonder: Six themed programs that will make summer exciting, educational and tons of fun. Whether your child is in our preschool, Pre-K or school-age programs, all of it is designed to help children learn while soaking up the fun. We offer flexible scheduling options to meet the needs of busy families like yours so we hope to see you there.

Participating Child Care Aware Center

KinderCare has partnered with Child Care Aware® of America in an effort to offer fee assistance for Active Duty military families and solutions to their child care needs when care at a Child Development Center on the installation is not available.

Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program

Cooking

The Cooking Adventures program gives children opportunities to participate in fun, developmentally appropriate cooking experiences. They will learn about recipes, ingredients, cooking vocabulary, and the importance of a healthy diet. The curriculum includes lessons on picnics, pizza, and heart-healthy meals.

Math

The Math Adventures enrichment program is designed to teach important mathematics concepts such as geometry, numbers, measurement, and probability. Your child will learn about length, height, and weight. He will learn about shapes and solids. He will learn how to add, subtract, multiply, and count money. Math is everywhere and giving your child every advantage now will add up to success later in life.

Music

Ongoing research proves that early exposure to music helps children think, reason, create, and express themselves. Children will laugh and learn about rhythm, vocal melodies, and a variety of musical genres and instruments, which can lower stress and advance memory. Learning never sounded so good.

Phonics & Reading Adventures

Set your child up for advanced success with literacy through phonics, the study of letters and sounds. Reader books, games, and activity cards help your child understand the basics of vowels and blending syllables, giving him confidence and command of language.

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  1. Tuesday September 13, 2016
    1. “All About Me” Community Social

      Your whole family is welcome to join us September 13th for our community social.  Summer is winding down, Fall is approaching and that means it’s Back to School season!  Now is the perfect time to get a glimpse of the KinderCare curriculum and experience in our centers.  Our director and teachers can’t wait to point out their favorite aspects of the classrooms.  This is also a great chance to spend time with current families who stay and have fun at the social!  See you there!

Teachers & Staff

Our staff members are highly qualified individuals who are passionate about Early Childhood Education. Their education ranges from Child Development Associate's Credentials through Master's Degrees in Education. We maintain 20-25 teachers on staff. We have two teachers on staff who were born and raised in Italy. They love to sing to the children in Italian. Our staff members care about their students as well as each other. You will find a very family oriented atmosphere among the staff here at the East Norriton KinderCare.

  • Christin Cicippio-Smith

    Christin Cicippio-Smith, Center Director

    I look forward to the opportunity to help build your child's educational foundation.

    Christin Cicippio-Smith has been at the East Norriton center since April 2008. Prior to coming to the East Norriton center she worked at the Blue Bell location for six years. Christin obtained her Bachelors in Elementary Education from West Chester University.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Where the Wild Things Are"
    Year Started:
    8/26/2002
    Tenure:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Science Degree in Education
  • Katherine Stansbury

    Katherine Stansbury, Assistant Director

    I enjoy working with children because of the excitement I get watching them learn something new everyday!

    Katherine started working at a childcare center as the school age teacher. In June of 2007 Katherine decided to join the KinderCare team. She spent a little over a year at the North Wales center as the Toddler teacher until she was promoted to Assistant Director of the Lansdale center.  She came to East Norriton as the Assistant Director in August of 2015.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Oh the Places You'll Go"
    Year Started:
    6/15/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12
    Education:
    Bachelor of Fine Arts, PA Director Credentials
  • Ms. Rosa

    Ms. Rosa, Infant B Classroom

    Ms. Rosa was born and raised in Sicily, Italy. She loves teaching young children and thrives on their achievements no matter how big or small. Her love of teaching young children and her desire to learn lead her to KinderCare in 2007. Ms. Rosa adores the babies in our nursery and you will often catch her singing sweet lullabies to them in Italian.

    Year Started:
    4/13/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
  • Ms. Vicki

    Ms. Vicki, Infant B Classroom

    Ms. Vicki has her Masters in Education from Gwynedd Mercy and her Bachelors in Child Psychology from Michigan State University. Ms. Vicki has a special touch with first time parents and has a wonderful calming way of integrating them into our KinderCare Family. She has three grown children of her own, two sons and a daughter and well as a grandson. Ms. Vicki enjoys scrapbooking and photography. Having attended MSU she is also a big college football fan. Go Spartans!

    Year Started:
    4/2/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science in Child Psychology, Masters of Education
  • Ms. Katie

    Ms. Katie, Toddlers

    I love seeing the children's smiling faces each and every day!

    Ms. Katie started working with KinderCare in 2003 at our Norristown location.  She transferred to East Norriton in 2011 and has spent most of her career with toddlers.  She loves watching the children reach new milestones and seeing how happy and proud it makes them.

    Year Started:
    7/8/2003
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15+
  • Ms. Felicia, Toddlers

    I love seeing the children's smiling faces and seeing them learn and grow as they master new skills.

    Ms. Felicia has worked at KinderCare since March of 2015 with the toddlers.  Felicia went to school for baking and pastry arts and psychology before fining her love of education!  She enjoys doing art with the toddlers, especially anything with paint!  Ms. Felicia loves watching the children play and grow together, and seeing them learn to interact with one another.

    Year Started:
    3/2/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
  • Ms. Alexa

    Ms. Alexa, Toddlers

    The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.

    Ms. Alexa discovered a love of education through happenstance by coaching children's figure skating in 2012.  She began coaching the Learn to Skate programs in Lancaster and then expanded to coaching the Special Olympics in York, developing individual programs for skaters to meet their needs.  It was then that she knew she had to get involved in teaching.  After much research, she wanted to be a part of company that truly makes a difference in the lives of others, so she chose KinderCare.  Alexa started at the Carlisle/ York KinderCare as a floater.  In the summer of 2014, Alexa moved closer to Philadelphia and began teaching toddlers at the Exton location.  In August of 2015, Alexa completed her Child Development Associate for Infants and Toddlers.  In September, she was fortunate enough to join the East Norriton KinderCare as a toddler teacher.  Alexa loves working with the toddlers every day and wants to encourage, teach, support, and help them discover a love of learning that will impact their lives forever!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Alexa has taught figure skating since 2012.
    Year Started:
    4/1/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    CDA in Infants and Toddlers
  • Ms. Theresa, Discovery Preschool

    I love this line of work knowing that I could potentially make a difference in a child's life, even in the smallest way.

    Ms. Theresa has only been at this center for a short time but does not lack experience.  She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education with many years of experience, including teaching kindergarten.  Ms. Theresa also has 3 children of her own, ages 10, 7, and 5.  The opportunity to have the "light bulb" moment is what drives Ms. Theresa to come to work each and every day.  She also strives to provide the children the best environment for learning and playing safely so they can reach their highest potential!

    Year Started:
    2/2/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Bachelors in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Sonia

    Ms. Sonia, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Sonia was born and raised in Italy. She is diligent in enriching the lives of her students along with her own professional development. She strives to do her best each and every day. Ms. Sonia treats each and every child as if they were her own. She enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her family.

    Year Started:
    1/15/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of the Arts Degree
  • Ms. Siobhan

    Ms. Siobhan, Discovery Preschool

    I love seeing the children accomplish something new everyday!

    Ms. Siobhan has been working at the East Norriton KinderCare since September of 2008.  She has her Associates in Early Childhood Education from Delaware Technical Community College.  Siobhan loves coming to work each day thinking of fun and exciting ways to enrich her classroom!

    Year Started:
    9/1/2008
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
    Education:
    Associates in ECE
  • Ms. Katie, Pre-Kindergarten

    Year Started:
    4/9/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
    Education:
    Bachelors of Science in Human Development and Family Studies, Minor in Psychology
  • Ms. Erica

    Ms. Erica, Pre-Kindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Erica has her Masters in Education from Rutgers University. Ms. Erica works hard to bring "life" to the lessons that she is teaching and to bring out her students highest potential. She has a special gift working with all children but in particular those with special needs. She holds her teaching certificate in the state of New Jersey and will soon have dual certification in the state of Pennsylvania. She enjoys spending time with family, especially her neices and nephew.

    Year Started:
    1/23/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Masters in Education
  • Ms. Amanda

    Ms. Amanda, Pre-Kindergarten Classroom

    Year Started:
    9/7/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    7
    Education:
    Bachelors in Early Childhood and Elementary Education
  • Ms. Sam

    Ms. Sam, Interactive Kindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Sam has actually been with KinderCare her entire life. She attended KinderCare in Illinois as a child and found it only natural to end up back at KinderCare as a teacher. Ms. Sam has always had a strong interest in working with children and loves to watch them learn and grow. It is a delight to see her excitement over her students' achievements.

    Year Started:
    9/2/2011
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of the Arts Degree in Psychology, Master's of Education Degree, K-12 Certified

August 2016 Events

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  1. Monday August 01, 2016
    1. Spirit Week

      August 1 - 5

  2. Tuesday August 09, 2016
    1. Join us for our Curriculum Night

      Find out how we can work together to give your children a brighter future!

      On August 9th, you’ll see firsthand how we nurture your child’s curiosity. Come meet our wonderful teachers and find out what a day at our center is like. Participate in some of our engaging curriculum activities, like creating modern renditions of pop art or discovering gross and gooey physiology! Curriculum Night gives you the opportunity to see how your child will grow and develop at our center, all while having fun. You’ll also get to talk with other parents who are already a part of our family.

About Our Center

Our staff would like to welcome you to visit our center. The staff takes pride in keeping up to date with the latest trends in Early Childhood Education. Ongoing training is offered to the staff during the year at the center and through the various training opportunities in the community.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • American Sign Language
  • Spanish
  • Italian

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian
  • Special diets

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

New Years Day, Presidents Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Thanksgiving, The Day After Thanksgiving, Christmas Day

Health and Safety

Our center has two keypad entries; one to get into the lobby of the building and another to get into the children's area. We also have two fenced in playground areas as well as an indoor gross motor room.

At KinderCare, what families say about us means a lot. Read below some of the great experiences our families have had with us.

Share Your Story
If you have a story about your experience at KinderCare, please share your story with us.

Sending our daughter to KinderCare has been a truly wonderful experience for our family. Returning to work after 8 months at home was a difficult transition, but our KinderCare staff was absolutely tremendous is making it as smooth as possible. We felt at ease from our first tour of the center, where Ms. Vicki and Ms. Rosa immediately connected with us and answered all of our questions. The leadership staff was, and continues to be, so helpful at every turn. Each teacher who has worked with our daughter shows her love and teaches her skills that we see in action every day.
 
Above all else, our daughter is so happy to go to school. Seeing our daughter learn, grow, and thrive is such a gift for us as parents. We could not be more pleased with the experience we have had with KinderCare! Thank you!

- Parents

After trying to have a baby for three years, he finally arrived! The maternity leave weeks were over and it was time to go back to work. Our son was more than we ever wanted but now who was going to care for him during the day while we worked? Did we both have to work? Could one of us stay home? We decided it would put too much of a financial burden on our family if we didn’t both work, and we thought asking a family member was going to be too much of a strain on our relationship. We visited several daycare facilities in the area. After touring the third center, we found exactly what we were looking for… KinderCare! We knew as soon as we walked in, it was the place for our son and the right decision for our family. And after two years of full time enrollment, we still agree with our decision.

The staff has helped teach, develop, and encourage our son to be the most amazing little boy we could have ever hoped to raise. The teachers have taught him more than we ever could have on our own as first-time parents—they’ve supported every developmental stage appropriately and have communicated his developments to us as they occur. The staff pays attention to the little things and tells us about them. And although we miss out on the time with him during the day; we know our son is learning something new, participating in an event to help him grow, and having fun with his friends and teachers.

We completely trust KinderCare will our most precious gift of all…our son. We can't imagine a world without them.

- Mother

I just wanted to take a moment to thank you and your amazing staff for all of the wonderful things you do to care for our children. I could not be happier with our KinderCare experience.

My son is learning so much each day; I am amazed at everything he knows and can share with me. His teachers are helping him to become a kind and responsible young person. They have incredible patience and great attitudes.

My daughter's teachers care so much for her. They greet her with smiles and hugs. She has also learned so many new things. The teachers are helping her to learn how to share and play nicely with others, which is a skill that she will need her entire life. It's really amazing to watch her grow.

My days are long and busy. I have an enormous commute each morning and evening and a job that requires a large amount of patience. I do not have the chance to say it often enough, but I want to make it very clear that I appreciate what you and your staff does every single day. I think about it constantly and I could not be more grateful. Even if I do not say it every single day, I could not mean it more...Thank you for everything you do.

- Mother

Dear Christin and Shannon,

We just wanted to thank you both and all of our son's teachers for providing him with such great care and education. It is so hard to separate from him every morning and it means so much to know that he is in great hands among teachers who care so deeply about his education, development and well-being. We absolutely love hearing about his daily events and so appreciate the time his teachers take to provide these updates and glimpses into his day. His developmental progress is tremendous and we know he thrives upon interaction with his teachers and friends at school. We cherish his arts and crafts, which are now decorating our home and will always be a reminder of these special times of his life. Thank you both and please share our appreciation with his teachers.

Best,
The Merves Family

- Parents

We can't imagine a world without KinderCare. Our little boy thrives in the experiences he gets at school each day. Since the age of fourteen weeks, our son has received love and support from the KinderCare teachers and irreplaceable social interactions with his friends. Having an educational background, I appreciate coming in and seeing the individualized lesson plans and goals for my child and the love the daily feedback about his progress. Thank you KinderCare for helping my child grow into the learner that he has become!

- Parents

We can't Imagine A World without KinderCare. We can go to work each day knowing that our child is being cared for in an environment that is fostering her growth and development, and most importantly, a place that she loves and where she is loved.

- Parents

Since our son started going to KinderCare he is notably more clean with speaking. He also gets along better with other children his age. I can't imagine a world without KinderCare because the teaching staff contributed to these Toddler milestones.

- Parents
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